Similarities and differences between Blake Bortles and Ben Roethlisberger?
BB: I think Bortles looks pretty fast, kind of like [Tyrod] Taylor. He’s got a couple 30-yard gains and that kind of thing. He’s pretty dangerous to just take off and run and can get a lot of yardage. His athleticism can buy time in the pocket. He’s a good passer. But I’d say he’s probably a little bit more of a threat to run with the ball than Roethlisberger. Roethlisberger is probably more apt to buy extra time to watch the play extend and then hit somebody down the field, that type of thing.
Q: Is it just as hard to bring down Bortles as Roethlisberger?
BB: I don’t know if anybody is as hard to bring down as Roethlisberger. He’s pretty hard. I mean, not to take anything away from anybody else, but Roethlisberger, he’s a big guy.
Q: Has the two-point conversion turned from a novelty play to a more mainstream, and do you practice more to stop it?
BB: We prepare for them every week so there is not a week that goes by that we don’t look at that, but in the end, it’s like a lot of situations we prepare for – some and some come up and some don’t. I thought that our game with Buffalo and the missed extra point, that led to some point differentials that are not as common and then that probably prompted those tries for Buffalo, and the score kind of got out of sync a little bit there. I don’t think that’s a bad thing for the game. Just like I said before, I think it just makes the play a little more competitive. It’s still a very high percentage play, but it’s just not the very, very close to 100 percent that it was. So, I personally think that is good, that’s why we supported it.
Q: Do you like seeing more teams go for two?
BB: Yeah, whatever they decide to do, they decide to do. We don’t have any control over that. If it comes up, then we have to stop it, just like we always have.
Q: What do you think of the Jaguars defensive line?
BB: It’s a really good group. I know [Sen’Derrick] Marks and [Andre] Branch are hurt, but they still are very disruptive up there. [Roy] Miller [III] plays really hard, he’s a tough guy and he’s active in there. [Tyson] Alualu is another big, strong physical guy who’s played outside and now the three-technique. [Michael] Bennett is an active guy in there, too. [Jared] Odrick is definitely a problem. [Chris] Clemons, I know he is an older player, but he is very disruptive, still has a good array of moves. He is a very experienced and good technique rusher. They have a lot of guys that can give you a lot of problems up there. They are really good. [Dan] Skuta has been a problem, too. He’s part of that whole pass-rush problem where they bring five out of their regular defense or use him some in some nickel situations. He had a couple plays in the Carolina game where he hit the quarterback. They are all a part of it. The volume of guys, and the number of good players they have up front to rush the passer and their versatility in terms of running games and various stunts and so forth, they create a lot of problems, they do a good job, and they have a real good group, a talented group.